Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: France, Île-de-France, Paris
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  • 8 hours
  • Paris
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

See the Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) as French kings once did – with this small-group tour that includes a once-in-a-lifetime private viewing of the palace’s Royal Quarters. This exclusive tour gives you priority entrance to Versailles through a reserved door and provides you with unprecedented access to magnificent private rooms – such as Louis XVI’s library – which are normally off-limits to the general public, allowing you to see a side of the UNESCO World-Heritage-listed Palace of Versailles that most never will.

This VIP experience also includes a tour of two rooms in the State Apartments and the famous Hall of Mirrors as soon as the palace opens, before the majority of the crowd arrives. Your priority entrance ticket allows you to go straight inside the palace with your small group (maximum 16 people), beating most of the public to these rooms.

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Skip the line
  • Small-group tour

Your VIP experience begins as you board a luxurious, air-conditioned minivan in central Paris and head west to the Palace of Versailles. On arrival in Versailles enjoy a coffee and croissant in a cafe close to the Palace. Next, meet your knowledgeable guide at the palace’s reserved entrance, and go straight inside with your priority access ticket.

Follow your guide to the State Apartments, where you’ll see two of the 17 rooms – the King’s Chamber and the Council Study. Then head to the fabulous Hall of Mirrors. Your group will be among the first of the general public to arrive at this famous room so you can enjoy the sumptuous setting in all its glory. Walk down the spectacular hall, lined with 357 mirrors that reflect the windows on the opposite wall.

Next, the exclusive part of your tour truly begins as you leave the crowd behind and pass through the velvet ropes into the palace’s restricted area. See the following Royal Quarters of Louis XV and Louis XVI:
• The library of Louis XVI, said to be one of his favorite rooms
• The dining room where Louis XV held dinners for lords and ladies
• The clock room with its clock that has a crystal globe showing the planets revolving around the sun
• The ‘corner room,’ which contains a cylinder desk belonging to Louis XV that is considered one of the most outstanding pieces of furniture in the worldYou will then visit one of two additional royal sites, depending on daily availability: the Royal Opera House, built in 1770 to celebrate the wedding of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, or the Royal Chapel, where a series of paintings and sculptures depicts the notion that kings were chosen by God.

The guided portion of your tour now ends, and your friendly guide will answer any questions you have. From here, you have a few options to complete your Versailles experience. You can explore the other 15 rooms that make up the public State Apartments independently. You can enjoy lunch at Angelina’s restaurant located inside the palace (own expense). Or you can head outside and enjoy the beautiful Gardens of Versailles – a 1,977-acre (800-hectare) oasis of groves, sculptures, labyrinths and fountains. Depending on the day of the week that you are at the palace, you may catch one of the summer musical events – either the Musical Gardens or the Musical Fountains Show (known as the Grandes Eaux musicales), both of which bring the gardens to life with classical music; see the Itinerary section below for more details.

The gardens are also home to La Petite Venise, a popular restaurant with a lovely terrace, located in the former stables by the Grand Canal. It is your choice if you’d like to eat here, but you must make your way here to meet your guide for the drive back to Paris.

Tuesday Versailles Gardens Ticket: Classical Music in the Groves

Musical Gardens – Explore the Gardens of Versailles and its groves to the sounds of classical music.

Saturday and Sunday Versailles Gardens Ticket: Summer Opening Fountains Show

Musical Fountains Show (Grandes Eaux musicales) – Watch fountains come alive and spray water in sequence to the Baroque music of Jean-Baptiste Lully, a French composer who served in the court of Louis XIV. The display finishes at the Bassin de Neptune, often considered the palace's finest fountain.
Inclusions
  • Small-group tour (maximum 16 people)
  • Breakfast at restaurant ORE by Alain Ducasse
  • Access to the private Royal Quarters
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus with complimentary water for the journey
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Versailles
  • Entry/Admission - The Trianons & The Hamlet
  • Entry/Admission - Grand Canal
  • Entry/Admission - The Royal Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - The Royal Opera (L'Opera Royal)
  • Entry/Admission - The Hall of Mirrors

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Booking this tour gives you priority access to the Palace of Versailles. Please note: all visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 10 minutes to clear security.
  • Food is not allowed inside the Palace of Versailles
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour is not suitable for anyone with reduced mobility
  • Due to the nature of this special-access tour, the itinerary changes each time. Access to palace rooms varies and is based on availability. The order in which you visit the rooms may change and it is possible that you will see two of the 17 State Apartments plus the Hall of Mirrors at the end of your tour, not the beginning. On rare occasions, both the Royal Opera House and Chapel unexpectedly close due to private events or concerts. Because these itinerary changes are beyond our control, no refunds or discounts will be issued.
  • Please note: In the afternoon tour you have the option to visit the gardens or the Versailles castle first
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

248 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France


Departure Time

7:50 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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Jeanne H

This is a great tour for a more in-depth visit to Versailles without the hassle. The small group size was perfect. I loved avoiding the crowds and hassles. The local guide was very knowledgeable and spoke English well. The timing of the tour worked out well. After the chateau tour, we had plenty of time to see all the fountains going off to music and tour the grounds leisurely. Only issue was that the van to return us to Paris was delayed with another tour group

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Marc_Wolfe

The tour itself was great. However, we had been given a meet time of 7:15 AM. We walked about 30 minutes, so left hotel very early. One other couple had same time. No van came, so I called the office, which was not open yet. About 7:30, several people showed up with a 7:40 meet time, and then two with 7:50. The van showed up at 7:45,with no idea we had been waiting 45 minutes. At the end of the tour, we had free time and were to meet at the entrance at 3PM. We got there at 3:03 shuttle back took longer than expected, and no one there. Walked around 5 minutes, starting to panic, then called office. While on hold, tour guide showed up. It was now almost 3:15. She had walked the group to the van and came back for us. But she should have left someone there to meet us. It was a long day!

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sheila.smith

I was very glad we had audio assistance on this tour. It really made a difference. Our guide was very informative.

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2ldcole

Nina and Julie were excellent in providing a great tour, no cues, no stress, public cues were miles long. I know it costs more but the time you save and the value you get is second to none.

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Lindsay T

We were 5 friends visiting and really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was fantastic and the private rooms were absolutely worth the cost. We also hired golf carts to visit the gardens and it was perfect: highly recommend this tour!

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Palace

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Fountain of Apollo's Chariot

Looking down the Grand Canal behind the Palace

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The Orangery

The beautiful orangerie at the Palace of Versailles

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The Room

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Chamber of Mirrors

Chamber of Mirrors

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Chamber of Mirrors

Chamber of Mirrors

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Opera

Opera

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Gardens

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Grand Canal

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Entrance of Versailles

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Marie Antoinette's room

Marie Antoinette's room

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Versailles Gardens

Versailles Gardens

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